Category Archives: Did You Know?

Seasons Greetings from the Rio Grande Historical Collections and upcoming events

As the end of the year approaches, we reflect on our momentous events and you can say we have been quite busy here in the Rio Grande Historical Collections (RGHC). Our student employees and myself have been engaged in various tasks including updating existing archival collection finding aids, fulfilling duplication requests, creating inventories, processing new…
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Fred Grove and the Years of Fear

November is National Native American Heritage Month, a time to honor Native Americans and recognize the various challenges faced by Native Americans today and in the past. It allows me the opportunity to highlight the collection of Native American author Fred Grove.  To draft his fact-based novel, Years of Fear (2002), Grove relied on his haunting childhood memories as an “ear”…
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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month kicked off September 15 and wraps up October 15. This month-long celebration recognizes the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans throughout the country. On September 17, I tuned in to watch a special ABC premiered called “Soul of a Nation’ special, Corazon de America.” The program celebrated the Hispanic culture and the…
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The Banning of Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read.  Supported by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, the event brings together librarians, booksellers, publishers, teachers, and readers of all types and ages who wish to maintain the public’s right to seek out and express ideas, even those deemed…
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Getting to Know Elizabeth Villa, Archives Specialist, Ld 

Getting to Know ASC staff is a series spotlighting staff from the NMSU Archives and Special Collections department.   Background information: My plan for college was to study business, for some reason I no longer recall, but during my senior year of high school I took a photography class—my first real art class since elementary school….
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The Vanishing of Martin Lohman and his wife, Aminda Schaublin 

It isn’t easy to believe that a pioneer of Las Cruces who once held several political positions, including sheriff of Doña Ana County and first mayor of Las Cruces, could be so elusive to the local history books. Very little is written about Martin Lohman and even less so about wife Aminda. Martin Lohman was born October 29, 1854, in St. Louis, Missouri; his parents, John F. and Elizabeth Lohman immigrated to…
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Prolific Western Writers: S. Omar and Elsa Barker

Does the Wild West capture your attention? Well, you are in luck and your place to wander over to is the Archives and Special Collections (ASC). The ASC has the literary papers of famed Western-themed writers S. Omar and Elsa Barker. The couple were prominent writers who composed many short stories, poems, and other fictional works, which involve the cowboy western theme. The duo’s…
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Getting to Know Teddie Moreno, Library Specialist

Getting to Know ASC Staff is a series spotlighting employees of the NMSU Archives and Special Collections Department.     Background information:  My background experience is in public library service; I worked the reference desk at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library from 1997- 2009. The patrons were wonderful people of varied backgrounds and diverse opinions. I grew close to the patrons and missed them as…
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Getting to Know Jennifer Olguin, Rio Grande Historical Collections Archivist

Getting to Know ASC Staff is a series spotlighting employees of the NMSU Archives and Special Collections Department.   Background information: As the saying goes, “life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” This certainly applies to my career within the academic library. I was introduced to the library profession while an…
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The Yabumoto family of Chamberino

In recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Archives and Special Collections (ASC) would like to highlight the life experiences of the Yabumoto family of Chamberino, New Mexico. Riuhei Yabumoto came from a family of fishermen in the Wakayama prefecture of Japan. He was born in 1867 in the village of Tawara. In 1896 he…
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